Deutsch Langhaar, often called German Long Hair, is believed to have originated in Germany. It’s a big and healthy dog and is an excellent hunting dog. This dog is often called by other names such as Deutscher Langhaariger, Pointer (German Long Haired), Langhaar, Deutscher Langhaariger Vorstehhund. This dog is used as a multipurpose gundog. It has the skills and qualities of a pointer, setter, and tracker. 

These dogs were initially developed as Pointers, but their owners realized that they were way too slow than required. To make sure they are fast and ferocious, they started crossing these dogs with local hunting dogs. The flushing breeds were changed to pointing ones in the mid 19th century. 

Overview

Various characteristics of this dog are mentioned in the table below.

Feature Description
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Temperament Although strong and sturdy, these dogs have a stable mood and a calm demeanor. They are good-natured and are easily trainable.
Age The average age of these dogs is anywhere between 11 to 14 years
Weight The average weight for these dogs varies between 60-70 Pounds
Origin Deutsch Langhaar is believed to be originated in the 16th century in Germany
Life-Span The average lifespan for these dogs is 11 to 14 years
Coat & Color These dog coats are medium in length around 3-5 cm (1.2 to 2 Inches) long in the body. The coat is not curly but can be slightly wavy. The appearance of the coat is highly firm and shiny and not at all silky or soft. They usually have double coats, the undercoat being dense. These dogs are available in a variety of colors: Solid Brown Brown with white or moldy markings, especially on chest and paws Dark Mold with larger or smaller dark brown plates; brown head, possibly with paleness Yellow fire can often appear as an ancient Bracken heritage Trout Mold; many small brown spots on a white background Brown-White, either purely brown-white or with very few spots Light Mold; with smaller or larger brown plates.
Height The average height for these dogs is anywhere between 24-28 inches (60-70 cm) for males and for females the average height would be anywhere between 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)

Physical Appearance 

These are durable and muscular dogs. 

They have an elongated head, which gives them a noble appearance. Their skull is slightly rounded and not sharp and deep. Their cheekbones are not very strong, and lips are not at all overlapping. They have a slightly arched nose that is not slender. They have brown colored eyes with lids fitting close to eyeballs. They have well-developed teeth that are complete with 42 teeth. 

These dogs have a straight, firm, and long back. The chest is well developed with a broad and deep rib cage. They do not have a steep tail. They have close-fitting elbows and shoulders. The skin has no wrinkles and is fitted close to the body. The pads are coarse and robust. The texture of the coat is bushy eyebrows, curly coat, and longer hair on the beard. 

Price

The price of the dog depends on various factors:

-Experience if a breeder

-Ongoing Costs

The average starting price for this dog is around 800 USD. This is an expensive dog to maintain, and yearly costs might shoot up to an average of US $1420. These costs would include various costs such as medical expenses, which might consist of primary health care and insurance, and would range anywhere between the 450 USD to 500 USD.

Food expenses, A good quality of food and treats would cost an estimated US $270. Miscellaneous Expenses would include licensing, grooming, training, and toys. This could be as high as $665.

Temperament/Behaviour

These hunting dogs are gentle, kind, friendly, and intelligent breeds. They are trainable and are very loyal to their owners and family. They are affectionate and social dogs. They become perfect companions with their owners and enjoy playing with children. 

Training

The pointers are easy to train with a positive and exciting approach. They do not obey blindly and can focus well if motivated. They look for praise, encouragement, and treats when being trained. These dogs do well at athletic events, field trials, and hunting.

Since these dogs are enormous, they need proper training, and this might include long and brisk walks at least twice or thrice a day. These dogs like to swim and can accompany the owners for hikes, jogging, and other activities. 

If they are not physically active, these dogs become restless, bored, and destructive.

Grooming Needs

It needs a moderate amount of grooming and maintenance. Regular bathing is not required, and brushing can be done twice a week. These dogs are prone to ear infections and should be cleaned daily. A damp cloth or cotton ball can be used to clean the ears. Teeth should be brushed twice or thrice a week, and nails should be clipped regularly.

Feeding Time

The feeding time and amount to be fed varies for these dogs and depends on various factors:

  • Dog Size
  • Activity Level
  • Age
  • Health 
  • Metabolism Rate

Maturity & Health Risks

These dogs are easy to train and mature over some time. There are no major health issues related to this breed. They are generally very healthy dogs; some might include ear infections, eye problems, joint dysplasia, gastric torsion, cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism.

Statistics

These dogs are not aggressive but are very focused and full of aggression when chasing down prey. In the last 35 years, there have been reports of these dogs attacking people and causing bodily harm. 

These dogs have an average tolerance towards heat and are very well adapted towards cold weather. 

Litters

Deutsch Langhaar typically breeds 1-2 litters per year. Before these dogs can be reproduced and subsequently have their offspring, they need to be:

  • Passed a VJP
  • Passed an HZP
  • Marked as Last on furred game
  • Hips rated as A, B or C
  • Minimum good rated type
  • Passed Hardness Test
  • Minimum good rates coat
  • Minimum good rated conformation

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